Logistics in the News – Week 13

by Martijn Graat on March 23, 2015

newspapers150It was a very busy week, both for me as well as for interesting logistics news. After a very relaxing weekend, with the first hours sitting out in the sun this year (Yes!), I postponed the writing of this overview until today. It was that relaxing… :) This week’s overview has interesting articles on 3PLs, flying cars, and Uber amongst others. And do check out the TED talk on 3D printing. [click to continue…]

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Logistics Market Snapshot – March 2015 Edition

by Martijn Graat on March 20, 2015

GEORGIA125Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Please find some St Patrick’s Day themed highlights below: [click to continue…]

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Logistics in the News – Week 12

by Martijn Graat on March 15, 2015

newspapers150Spring is in the air! I have a sunroof in my car, and whenever the sun is out and it’s not freezing cold I have it open as far as it will go. This week was the first time this year I could do this. Usually it’s annoying to be in traffic jams, but this week I didn’t mind so much. More of that please, I’m ready for blue skies. Talking of skies; this brings us to this week’s news which is, among other things, about open skies. [click to continue…]

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HDus2015Home Delivery World is a conference held with the goal of helping retailers get their products to their consumers. A returning subject on LogisticsMatter, especially when it comes to last mile deliveries. The fact that I buy a lot of things online does make the subject dear to my heart. I’m not the only one that has felt let down because of a missed delivery. Or even worse: one you specifically stayed home for, but which didn’t arrive. We are happy to be a Media Partner of this technology laden event. [click to continue…]

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eftCIOus150-150Technology is changing how logistics services are being provided, and also how logistics service providers themselves work. Increased use of technology also has an impact on the role the CIO or the head of the IT department has, transitioning from support to strategy. eft have concluded this based on one of their lates surveys: The 2015 Logistics Technology Report. The results of this research have been used to set the stage for the upcoming Logistics CIO Forum, which will be held in Austin Texas this April. LogisticsMatter is a Media Partner of this year’s event. [click to continue…]

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Logistics in the News – Week 11

by Martijn Graat on March 8, 2015

newspapers150This Thursday I was at the Dutch Logistics Manager of the Year event in Utrecht. It’s nice when logistics talent is celebrated, and that’s what this event is all about. Congratulations to Young Logistics Talent Mario Wopereis of CEVA Logistics, and to Logistics Manager of the Year Edwin Wenink of FloraHolland. Both had inspiring stories to tell about how connecting people is key for logistics improvement. And now on to this week’s highlights in the news. [click to continue…]

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The Uber of 3D Printing

by Martijn Graat on March 8, 2015

3dprntguitar150United States Patent Application 20150052024: “Methods and systems can be provided for providing items manufactured on demand to users. A user request for an item can be received. The item can have 3D manufacturing instructions associated therewith. A delivery method for the item can be determined. A manufacturing apparatus can be selected to manufacture the item based on the 3D manufacturing instructions. Instructions can be sent to the manufacturing apparatus to manufacture the item based on the 3D manufacturing instructions. Delivery instructions can be provided for delivering the item according to the delivery method.” [click to continue…]

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Logistics in the News – Week 10

by Martijn Graat on March 1, 2015

newspapers150It was a good week, and a good weekend as well (I know I’m later than usual with the weekly digest). My wife was away for a training this weekend, so it was just me and the twins. Had great fun, but spent quite some time today getting the house back into shape. And the things you eat when you let 7 year old’s decide what’s on the menu… [click to continue…]

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wafflehouse150A Crowdsourced Logistics concept is a concept that engages the public (companies and private persons alike) to seek excess capacity in existing modes of transport, storage space, and/or time. This can be a private vehicle, but also a taxi, (delivery) van, or truck. A lot is happening in the Crowdsourced Logistics Arena, with start-ups like Uber (UberCARGO), Easy Van, Lalamove, and Sidecar. And now there is yet another start-up that has joined the ranks: Roadie. [click to continue…]

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Logistics in the News – Week 9

by Martijn Graat on February 20, 2015

newspapers150A good friend of mine came by the house yesterday evening. We usually play squash once a week, but his back is injured and I need to take it easy with my knee (try taking it easy when playing squash). We opted for some beers in stead and had great fun with my Sonos. Had been too long since I heard songs from De La Soul, Mc Miker G & DJ Sven, Tone-Loc, King Bee, Vanilla Ice and Deee-Lite. Thanks for the laughs, Jan-Hein. And now on to this weeks nuggets in the news: [click to continue…]

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